Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Bern, Switzerland
Is my tank cycling?
A little over a week ago I got a new small fluval edge. I'm planning on moving my RCS over from another tank into it when it's ready. Because I want my shrimps in there, I can't get any fish to help get the cycling process moving, though once the shrimps are gone, I will be putting fish into the larger tank.
So what I've done so far in the new tank is add gravel, and some plants (pennywort and UG) in there, and I've added water conditioner, and sera nitrivec. It's been running for about 10 days now. I dose daily with the cheap knock-off version of flourish excel, Easycarbo, (cos I can't get excel here in Switzerland) to help the plants not die. When I first planted the tank I added some Tetra Plantamin. I've also added a tiny pinch of Shirakura chi ebi (baby shrimp food in powder form) twice so far. Apart from the above, all I've done is top up the water from evaporation. Waiting for new lights to drive from ebay and hoping my plants don't melt away before they arrive. I've been testing my water every few days but nothing has changed since I started the tank and I'm beginning to wonder if the tank is cycling at all.
After the first 3-4 days I noticed a fuzzy slimy growth on the gravel and near the plants... it was clearish/grayish, but I thought it might be from the shrimp food so i left it alone and it's now gone. Does that mean anything?
Also, while waiting for a tank to cycle, should I be doing weekly water changes as with a regular tank or should I be leaving it completely alone to do its thing?